How to export or copy content from Workflowy

There are a few ways to export or copy content from Workflowy into other apps.

1. You can use the "export all" feature at the top right browser menu, or the "export" feature that can be selected when hovering over any lists' bullet.  That will "select" the data for quick copying, from which you can paste into other apps.

We also offer OPML formatted exports which are compatible with many other outliners.  

2. You can also use our multi-select feature.  Just highlight one or more lines with your mouse (Web or Chrome app only), then use your keyboard to copy (CTRL + C) and paste (CTRL + V) into other apps.

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    konnekt

    both with hover-export and multi-select copy-paste, when i paste the text into say an email, the bullet points and outline formatting are carried over. if i use mac pages for example, the bullets are removed automatically.

    pages for some reason removes the formatting, which is nearly always what i want to happen.

    my request is to be able to copy/export without outline bullets and other formatting.

    thanks in advance

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    konnekt

    the point being (no pun intended) that i often use workflowy for drafting, with its outliner text organisation facility, so exports are much more relevant to word processing and text than to other outliner environments.

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    James Kuijpers

    @Konnekt I usually do a find/replace in Notepad++ to get rid of all the bullets. But yes, the option to cleanly copy/paste or export without bullets would be nice.

    @Sasha , thanks for sharing the full export option. I never noticed it till I read this :-)

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    Adam Quirk

    When I copy/paste this to Google Docs, or even Atom.io, the nesting goes haywire. Anyone else see this? I exported a few different ways (HTML, Cmd-C, and OPML which I then converted to HTML) and still can't get a clean UL to use. My hope was to copy an outline over to a clean Google Doc to flesh it out.

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    Christian Hedin

    Thanks, this helped me!

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    Thelioncub2016

    Workflowy is basically my replacement for the MSWord Outline view because it runs in the cloud. So, when I'm done outlining the novel and need to do some serious editing and text formatting, I need to switch back to MSWord to use the full fledge formatting options. While copying from WF back to MSword preserves the indentations, it is just plain text ("Normal", in MSWord terms) and not ready to be worked on immediately.

    Would love to have the Paste function automatically set the texts to Heading 1, Heading 2, Heading 3 accordingly to the level of indent in WF.

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    Hiro Daryanani

    Any chance the ability to export a branch can be added to the Android app?

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    Edward Millman

    I have the pro version which now saves everything to my dropbox.  

    Can you tell me simplest way that I can open the data file saved in my dropbox so it formats in same way as it appears in workflowy.  Right now, it is very raw, and would take me more time than it is worth to reconstruct.  

     

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    Awf1130

    Wondering if there is anyway to script or automate the export process for backup purposes? I know I can backup to Dropbox, which I do, but I'd like a readable backup if, god-forbid, Workflowy were to shutter it's doors one day. My life is in this app...

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    James Kuijpers

    @awf1130 Hi! Isn't the workflowy Dropbox backup readable? Or do you want a specific format that's available via the manual backup?

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    Art Altman

    +1 for having a readable backup / export option.

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    Workflowy Support (Sasha)

    Hi all,

    We apologize for the lack of responses in the Zendesk FAQ section for this topic and others. The FAQ's were initially implemented for posting articles, and as Zendesk enabled comment features, we did not have resources and a good system in place for monitoring and following up on comments until now. Please do feel free to log support and feature requests at https://workflowy.zendesk.com and follow our blog at http://blog.workflowy.com for latest developments.

    Best,

    Sasha

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    Julia Willson

    The idea of using copy/paste is fantastic, except that pasting into a simple text program like Notepad++ strips it of all formatting whatsoever.  No bullets, no nesting with spaces, nothing.  I realize some people do not want formatting in it, but I think that's a minority.  As a user, I expect there to be at least something that transfers over so I can differentiate between levels since structure is inherent in the value of recording things in this format to begin with.  Maybe for those users that do not want formatting in their copy/pasting, there could be a setting for that.

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    Bruno Faviero

    Pasting a workflowy list into google docs messes up all of the formatting (the bullets are there, but Gdocs does not properly recognize the nesting).

    My success has been pasting into Word with "paste and match formatting", and then copying that into Google Docs.

    Hope this helps someone as I spent at least an hour trying to solve this!

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